January 22, 2021

New Year’s Odds & Ends

A Favorite Photo from 2017: Sunrise at Gethsemani Farms

Happy New Year!

Just a few notes today on this first day of 2018…

First of all, a hearty “thank you” to all you who read and comment here at Internet Monk. This remains a vibrant community of conversation. If you read regularly but don’t comment, I’d like to invite you to join in. We always need and appreciate new perspectives and insights.

Second, I word of appreciation to those of you who have gone the extra mile and have contributed financially to help keep Internet Monk going. We don’t have high expenses, but we do have to pay to keep our site online, functioning well, and protected from the generous amounts of spam and hacks that get thrown our way. We don’t ask for money regularly, but once or twice or year I put up a little reminder like this that every little gift helps us provide a daily place for folks to come together in the Great Hall.

The easiest way to donate is to use the “Donate” button on the top right hand of the page. Another way to help us is to click on the links we provide for books and other materials. We are an Amazon Associate site, and if you enter Amazon through Internet Monk, a small amount of anything you buy will support our site.

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Here’s a new favorite quote, and a good one to start 2018:

“Piety, piety, but where is the love that moves mountains?”

• Sister Maria Skobstova

Read about Sister Maria in this article in Plough.

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A few favorites from 2017:

Favorite books I read:

Favorite music I listened to:

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The Mercers are moving! We sold our historic home and are moving to the country. Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be packing, loading and unloading, and getting settled into a new place about fifteen miles away, out from town and close to the church where I’ve been preaching on Sundays.

That may mean that original material may be a bit rare for the first part of 2018, except for Mike the Geologist’s Faith and Science posts, Dan’s Saturday Brunches, and perhaps a few guest authors.

As for me, ibuprofen is and will be my best friend for awhile, but we are looking forward to the change and the adventure of a new home!

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A Prayer for the New Year

Let us now pray for God’s blessing in the new year.

Remember us, O God;
from age to age be our comforter.
You have given us the wonder of time,
blessings in days and nights, seasons and years.
Bless your children at the turning of the year
and fill the months ahead with the bright hope
that is ours in the coming of Christ.
You are our God, living and reigning, forever and ever.





  1. Happy New Year, one and all!

  2. Dan from Georgia says

    Happy New Year all! (so far on the east coast)…

    I’ve heard many good things about the band The War on Drugs.

  3. all of these midnights
    are more or less the same
    one year to the next

  4. Thank you CM for your dedication and leadership here at iMonk.

    May your move go without hitch and the new house be filled with joy.

  5. Happy New Year, imonkers!!

    Sorry to have been so quiet in 2016 and 2017, but I was working through a lot of stuff better lived than talk about while doing it.

  6. Kent Haley says

    Happy New Year to everyone. I rarely comment – maybe once a year – but I have visited this monastery nearly every day for the last five or six years. I am grateful for the Christian community here that reminds me that even though I may be crazy, at least I’m not the only one 🙂 Thanks to Chaplain Mike and others who keep this site going.

  7. Happy New Year!
    I comment only occasionally, but I’m a regular reader and I appreciate all the effort that the writers (and commenters) put in to make IMonk one of the most thoughtful and enriching places on the web.

  8. Happy New Year, all!

  9. Thanks Chaplain Mike, and everyone.

    So are you acquiring land, CM, or are you simply moving to where the housing is less dense?


    • We’re moving from a 115 year old house to a 12 year old house that’s on a rural road in the country with three neighboring houses. We’ll have about an acre and a quarter, enough for me to get my mowing fix and Gail to have the garden she’s wanted for years.

  10. More about Mother Maria – Saint Maria of Paris since 2004, feast day 20 July. This is not the day of her death, since no saints are commemorated during Holy Week or on other Great Feasts. (Even St John Chrysostom had his feast day transferred, because he died on 14 September, the feast of the Elevation of the Cross.)



    She is also one of the Righteous remembered at Yad Veshem.


    • A truly inspiring woman. I’ve been fighting off the blues all weekend — reading about the life of Saint Maria of Paris has lifted me just a little, just enough. Thank you , Dana.

  11. Clay Crouch says

    Happy New Year to Chaplain Mike, all of the wonderful writers who make Internet Monk the best, and last but not least, all you rowdy, rambunctious commenters. God bless you all!

  12. supermoon — colder,
    brighter than the underside
    of an angel’s wing

  13. Happy New Year one and all!

    Good luck with your move, Chaplain Mike. Thank you for this place.

  14. Lovely photo. Thank you to everyone who contributes to this site. It’s been instrumental in my seeking. Blessings in your NewYear.

  15. Nice to see you quoting The Plough, glad you found something you liked there 🙂

    Many thanks Chaplain Mike, for your dedication to this virtual watering hole.

    And… don’t forget to life with your knees 🙂

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